I have one and I love it. Replaced the scope and rings am getting half MOA groups with reloads. Light recoil and I can hunt anything from javelina to Elk up to 700m. Like the recoil pad on the 700's, pretty comfortable and trigger down to 2 lbs.
Well said Elleater well said.So if it was me and I was just starting out I wouldn’t get to wrapped up in getting fancy.
I’m helping a friend of mine with this same thing right now. He’s getting a rem 700 sps in .308 topped with a Leupold rifleman 3-9x40 scope set in Talley rings. It’s nice and simple. It’s an elk killer out to 300-400 yards without a problem and it wasn’t expensive. $442 for the rifle from Buds Gunshop, $214 for the scope from Midway USA, and $47 for Talley rings. Grand total $703. It’s a setup that will last him a lifetime of killing elk and deer.
I think sometimes we get wrapped up in some of our more advanced gear designed to kill elk at 1000 yards that when a new hunter or shooter shows up we head way to far down the rabbit hole.
Guess I’ve been missing out I’ve been shooting to 1400+ yards with viper hst 6-24s for a while now. You can find them used on the site here for $450 all the time. Calcs are an estimate. Dope is what countsJmw67 are you saying one has to spend over a 1000 to have accurate elevation and wind adjustments
A 7mm-08 or 308 Win would be a fine choice for 300 yds or less. You'll get to practise shooting a lot without beating yourself up. Over here in Eastern Oregon a buddy has killed more elk with his 308 Win and a 165gr Partition than any of his other rifles. My current personal hunting rifle is a 30-06 with a Leupold 2.8-8x32mm. It has a Premier Reticle mildot in it and I've shot out to 800 yards by just using the reticle. But I've yet to shoot over 125 yds on big game with it.Thank you all for the advice and info. It's all been a lot of help. I think I'm going to go with the .308. I still have the 7mm-08 in mind for sure.